Sunday, March 8, 2015

March 8 - Supporter of the Arts

After months of rehearsing, 100 Janney ES 4th and 5th graders took to the stage to perform Shrek, Jr., The Musical yesterday, even after a 2-day snow break that canceled two rehearsals. As they say in show business, "The show must go on!" and on it went with a bang!!

Memorized lines, delivered loud and clear.
Each stood confidently, heads held high.
Their elaborate costumes and stunning make-up, matching their personality perfectly.
The most stunning being the villain dragon!
All moved about the colorful scenery.
Sharing their sweet singing voices.
Some tapped.
Some delivered funny lines at just the right pace.
Some moved the story forward with their dialogue.

All taught lessons...
 The 3 Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf
 The Ugly Duckling
 The Wicked Witch
 Peter Pan
 The Three Bears
 The Gingerbread boy
 Puss in Boots
 Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie
 Sleeping Beauty
 Snow White and the dwarf
 Little Red Riding Hood
 The Pied Piper and Rats
 Lord Farquaad and his dad
 The Deer, the Knights, the Guards, the Bishop, the Dragon Chorus
 The Captain of the Guards and the Police
 The Dragon and her wings

And the biggest lesson was learned from Shrek...little one and older,
 His Ogre mom and dad,
 Fiona, young, teen, and Princess
 and the friendly and funny Donkey.

My favorite lines from the songs sung:

It's a big bright beautiful world
With possibilities everywhere.

now I'm a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind

It's time to stop the hiding. It's time to stand up tall.
Sing hey world, I'm different, and here I am splinters and all!

What makes us special
Makes us strong! 

What a production!
I just love being a supporter of the arts!


  1. My son is in 10th grade and each year he goes back to his middle school to be the lights manager for their production. He puts in long hours but this is always his most favorite part of the year. Children learn and share so much going through the process of putting on a live production. So inspiring!

  2. What fun!!! They learned so many things they can't really learn in the regular classroom.

  3. You express your excitement and appreciation well. I can't wait to see our school's spring musical.